Today's mandatory man: George Eliot, Herman Melville, writes so I asked him what he writes, doesn't want kids. No word from the first five. I wonder if there's a way I can optimize my approach. Like, I generally send a guy a few sentences about what struck me in his profile, and ask a question or two, like What do you write? or Do you want to get a drink and talk about Doris Lessing? or Do you think Zeppo Marx is underrated? I figure that gives him something to latch on to, and demonstrates that I'm actually responding to him individually rather than just spraying bullets into the woods, as it were. At this point there must be published studies about what's most likely to get you a response on a dating website (without your becoming a different person). Probably the answer doesn't involve vaudeville comedians or Nobel laureates, but I can be only as God made me.